The Van Wezel Foundation’s philanthropic purpose has deep roots in the rich cultural history of Sarasota. In 1987, we entered a cultural partnership with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall through its owner, the City of Sarasota. The Hall has served as a beloved performing arts center for over half a century – a home to international creative experiences and a springboard for the Foundation’s educational collaborations.
Now, the Foundation is leading our community into a new era, creating and developing the vision for a contemporary performing arts model of national significance for Sarasota. The venue will be a magnet destination for generations, with the potential to advance education and enrich communities across the state and country.
The mission of the Van Wezel Foundation is to create and sustain a vibrant performing arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts.
VAN WEZEL FOUNDATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021-2022
Van Wezel Foundation Board Leadership:
Jenne K. Britell
Board Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee*
Van Wezel Foundation Board Members:
Gerald L. Biller
Mark P. Famiglio
Dr. Jaih Jackson
Dr. John Maupin
Chair of Strategic Plan Committee*
Chair of Arts Education & Community Engagement Committee*
Van Wezel Foundation Ex Officio Board Members:
Executive Director, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
CEO, Van Wezel Foundation
EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS
John M. Dart
Michael R. Pender, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Advancement & Marketing Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Executive Director, Education & Lifelong Learner
Executive Director Advancement
Executive Director, Finance & Administration
Suzanne Hudson-Smith, CFRE
Director of Leadership & Legacy Giving
Director of Development
Executive Assistant and Board Administration Manager
Events and Engagement Coordinator